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The Gold Coast, South Loop, River North, Lincoln Park, and West Loop are some of the most popular neighborhoods to live in. While centrally located and very walkable, these neighborhoods can be extremely expensive and at times overcrowded. There are many amazing neighborhoods like Hyde Park or Rogers Park, but if you’re looking for emerging and interesting you much explore Pilsen, Bridgeport, and Logan Square.
Pilsen, historically a Hispanic neighborhood, is a serious gem. While it has undergone some gentrification, its Hispanic roots are heavily represented with Chicago Mexican staples like Los Comales. Aside from the West Loop, this is one of my favorite neighborhoods to go out in. Start your night at Pilsen Yards for good food and drinks then stop by Punch House for more drinks, great music, and immaculate vibes. During the pandemic I loved to order from S.K.Y. They offered some of the most unique globally inspired dishes that were as beautiful as they are tasty. I would also recommend anything from Dusek’s Tavern and La Luna. Pilsen is about 10 minutes away from the Loop and closes to a Costco. Can’t beat it!
Bridgeport is the suburbs of the city. Every time I think of Bridgeport I think about raising a family here. This neighborhood isn’t the most walkable but it is very comfortable. You’ll get the residential neighborhoody vibe, live close to the White Sox Stadium aka Guaranteed Rate Field, and access to cute coffee shops and food spots like The Duck Inn. Bridgeport also has a cool emerging art scene and great views.
Logan Square isn’t really emerging, it’s arrived. This neighborhood is filled with history but is on has undergone many physical changes to the environment. There are many things to do and like most neighborhoods in Chicago, this place is a foodie haven! Take the Blue Line into Logan Square and you may never leave. There are amazing restaurants like Longman & Eagle, The Boiler Room, and Lula’s Café. Logan Square is a great chic vintage hipster vibe. You will see people eating brunch, shopping, or even sitting on the grass in the park, something I never do haha! This is a really cool neighborhood that needs to be explored.
I love a meal and I love a lewk. As a food girl, I’ve included a list of my 3 favorite places to eat in Chicago right now that never fail me.
- Uncle Remus Chicken: This is a popular chicken place among Black people in Chicago. While Harold’s is the known go-to, Uncle Remus is my favorite because the chicken is crispier and the mild sauce a little sweeter. My go-to is 4 wings and a large fry. There are several locations throughout Chicago and Illinois. Tip: Try it with the sauce on the side.
- Ema: Ema also means “Mother” in I’m obsessed with this Mediterranean restaurant from the Lettuce Entertain You Group. It’s a cute vibe in the River North neighborhood. It’s a great healthy-ish food choice and the food never disappoints. My go-to is the salmon skewers with brussel sprouts instead of rice. You must try the Date Cake, even if you hate dates it’s perfection
- Aba: Aba is the “father” restaurant to Ema (which means mother). This restaurant is in the West Loop, and it can be difficult to get a reservation so book in advance. the rooftop view is beautiful, and the ambiance is beyond, and this is one of the best restaurants from the Lettuce Entertain You Group.
Have you tried any of these places? Are there any neighborhoods you’d want to know more about? Let me know.